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Neurocriticism

By posted at 4:11 pm on October 19, 2009 1

At N+1, Marco Roth autopsies “the neuronovel” – think Motherless Brooklyn (Tourette’s), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (autism), Lowboy (paranoid schizophrenia), The Echo Maker (Capgras syndrome), and Atmospheric Disturbances (Capgras again?) – and finds “sign[s] of the novel’s diminishing purview.”

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  1. P.T. Smith
    at 12:04 pm on October 20, 2009

    I think one of the things that upsets me the most in a person’s reading of a novel is when they use their determined, specific reading of one aspect to set up the failure of the rest. If you don’t make the absolutist reading that Capgras is present in Atmospheric Disturbances, then the complexities the Roth goes on to deny, based on his determined assumption, are actually present and alive.

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